Cherethites
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Cherethites

(executioners) and of King David. (2 Samuel 8:18; 15:18; 20:7,23; 1 Kings 1:38,44; 1 Chronicles 18:17) It is plain that these royal guards were employed as executioners., (2 Kings 11:4) and as couriers, (1 Kings 14:27) But it has been conjectured that they may have been foreign mercenaries, and therefore probably Philistines, of which name Pelethites may be only another form.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CHERETHITES

ker'-e-thits (kerethim, ha-kerethi; Chelethi "executioners," "life-guardsmen"): A people in South Palestine whose territory bordered upon that of Judah (1 Samuel 30:14). In 1 Samuel 30:16 this land is apparently identical with that of the Philistines. In Ezekiel 25:16 the Philistines and the Cherethites are threatened together; while in Zep 2:5 the Cherethites are evidently the dwellers in "the land of the Philistines," "the inhabitants of the seacoast." Septuagint in both Ezekiel and Zephaniah renders the name "Cretans." The translators may have been "guided only by the sound." But Zeus Cretagenes in Gaza suggests a connection with the island of Crete. See , however, CAPHTOR. It may be taken as certain that the Cherethites were a Philistine clan. In conjunction with the Pelethites they are frequently named as forming the guard of David (2 Samuel 8:18, etc.). It was the custom of many ancient monarchs to have a guard of foreign mercenaries.

W. Ewing

Strong's Hebrew
3774. Kerethi -- the foreign bodyguard of King David
... the foreign bodyguard of King David. Transliteration: Kerethi Phonetic Spelling:
(ker-ay-thee') Short Definition: Cherethites. ... Cherethims, Cherethites. ...
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3746. Kari -- bodyguard of Jehoash
... captains, Cherethites. Perhaps an abridged plural of kar in the sense of leader
(of the flock); a life-guardsman -- captains, Cherethites (from the margin). ...
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Library

David Appointing Solomon
... So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and
the Cherethites, and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/david appointing solomon.htm

Appendix 2 Extracts from the Babylon Talmud
... And so it is said (2 Samuel 20:23), And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, was over the
Cherethites, and over the Pelethites.' And why was their name called ...
/.../edersheim/sketches of jewish social life/appendix 2 extracts from the.htm

A Loyal Vow
... Mostly foreigners, I say, for these hard words 'Cherethites and Pelethites' most
probably mean inhabitants of the island of Crete, and Philistines. ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/a loyal vow.htm

Making the Best of Trouble
... We marched into the South Country of the Cherethites and into that which belongs
to Judah and into the South Country of Caleb, and Ziklag we destroyed by fire ...
/.../sherman/the childrens bible/making the best of trouble.htm

The Fact of the Redeemer's Return was Typified in the Lives of ...
... At the time of his coronation, Solomon was followed by an army of soldiers (the
"Cherethites and the Pelethites") (1 Kings 1:38), just as our returning King ...
//christianbookshelf.org/pink/the redeemers return/4 the fact of the.htm

The Hebrews and the Philistines --Damascus
... In an episode in the life of David (1 Samuel 30:14), there is mention of the "south
of the Cherethites," which some have made to mean Cretans"that is to ...
/.../chapter iiithe hebrews and the.htm

The Typical Significance of the Scriptures Declare their Divine ...
... The Cherethites and Pelethites were soldiers, so that Solomon was followed by an
army at the time of his coronation (I Kings 1:33; cp. Rev.19:11). ...
/.../the divine inspiration of the bible/chapter six the typical significance.htm

Canaan
... Zephaniah calls them "the nation of the Cherethites" or Kretans, and their features,
as represented on the Egyptian monuments, are of a Greek or Aryan type. ...
/.../sayce/early israel and the surrounding nations/chapter ii canaan.htm

The Greek Versions as Aids to Biblical Study.
... v.24, 1 Chronicles 14:14). Caphtor, Caphtorim, Kappadokia, Kappadokes, Deuteronomy
2:23, Amos 9:7. Cherethites, krtym, Kretes, Zephaniah 2:5, Ezech. xxv.16. ...
/.../chapter iv the greek versions.htm

Thesaurus
Cherethites (11 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia CHERETHITES. ... See , however, CAPHTOR. It may be
taken as certain that the Cherethites were a Philistine clan. ...
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Cher'ethites (10 Occurrences)
Cher'ethites. Cherethites, Cher'ethites. Cherish . Multi-Version Concordance
Cher'ethites (10 Occurrences). 1 Samuel 30:14 We made ...
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Cherethite (8 Occurrences)
... 1 Samuel 30:14 We made a raid on the South of the Cherethites, and on that which
belongs to Judah, and on the South of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire ...
/c/cherethite.htm - 9k

Pelethites (7 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Mentioned always along with the Cherethites, and
only in the time of David. The word probably means "runners ...
/p/pelethites.htm - 10k

Kerethites (9 Occurrences)
... 1 Samuel 30:14 We made a raid on the South of the Cherethites, and on that which
belongs to Judah, and on the South of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire ...
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Pelethite (7 Occurrences)
... Pelethite (7 Occurrences). 2 Samuel 8:18 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over
the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers. ...
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Pel'ethites (7 Occurrences)
... Pel'ethites (7 Occurrences). 2 Samuel 8:18 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over
the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers. ...
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Jehoi'ada (50 Occurrences)
... Jehoi'ada (50 Occurrences). 2 Samuel 8:18 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over
the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers. ...
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Benai'ah (43 Occurrences)
... Benai'ah (43 Occurrences). 2 Samuel 8:18 and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over
the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers. ...
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Benaiah (44 Occurrences)
... Built up by Jehovah. (1.) The son of Jehoiada, chief priest (1 Chronicles 27:5).
He was set by David over his body-guard of Cherethites and Pelethites (2 ...
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Concordance
Cherethites (11 Occurrences)

1 Samuel 30:14
We made a raid on the South of the Cherethites, and on that which belongs to Judah, and on the South of Caleb; and we burned Ziklag with fire."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS)

2 Samuel 8:18
and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS)

2 Samuel 15:18
All his servants passed on beside him; and all the Cherethites, and all the Pelethites, and all the Gittites, six hundred men who came after him from Gath, passed on before the king.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS)

2 Samuel 20:7
There went out after him Joab's men, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and all the mighty men; and they went out of Jerusalem, to pursue after Sheba the son of Bichri.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS)

2 Samuel 20:23
Now Joab was over all the army of Israel; and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS)

1 Kings 1:38
So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites, went down, and caused Solomon to ride on king David's mule, and brought him to Gihon.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS)

1 Kings 1:44
The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and they have caused him to ride on the king's mule.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS)

1 Chronicles 18:17
and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were chief about the king.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS)

Ezekiel 25:16
therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh, Behold, I will stretch out my hand on the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethites, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.
(WEB JPS ASV BBE NAS)

Ezekiel 30:5
Ethiopia and Put and Lud and all the mixed people and Libya and the children of the land of the Cherethites will all be put to death with them by the sword.
(BBE)

Zephaniah 2:5
Woe to the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of Yahweh is against you, Canaan, the land of the Philistines. I will destroy you, that there will be no inhabitant.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS)

Subtopics

Cherethites

Cherethites or Cherethim

Cherethites: A Philistine Tribe, Which Adhered to David, and With the Pelethites Formed his Bodyguard

Cherethites: Solomon's Escort at his Coronation

Related Terms

Cher'ethites (10 Occurrences)

Cherethite (8 Occurrences)

Pelethites (7 Occurrences)

Kerethites (9 Occurrences)

Pelethite (7 Occurrences)

Pel'ethites (7 Occurrences)

Jehoi'ada (50 Occurrences)

Benai'ah (43 Occurrences)

Benaiah (44 Occurrences)

Caphtor (4 Occurrences)

Caphtorim (3 Occurrences)

Cherethim (1 Occurrence)

Sea-coast (5 Occurrences)

Ride (31 Occurrences)

Mule (9 Occurrences)

Jehoiada (51 Occurrences)

Marched (51 Occurrences)

Crete (7 Occurrences)

Coast (70 Occurrences)

Army (401 Occurrences)

Negeb (37 Occurrences)

Negev (39 Occurrences)

Nathan (42 Occurrences)

Jo'ab (120 Occurrences)

David's (142 Occurrences)

Ziklag (13 Occurrences)

Kerethite (1 Occurrence)

Judah's (18 Occurrences)

Joab's (13 Occurrences)

Gittites (2 Occurrences)

Warriors (75 Occurrences)

Ittai (9 Occurrences)

Invasion (1 Occurrence)

Fighting-men (30 Occurrences)

Raid (15 Occurrences)

Escorted (6 Occurrences)

Ministers (49 Occurrences)

Proselyte (2 Occurrences)

Belongeth (36 Occurrences)

Beniah (2 Occurrences)

Bicri (8 Occurrences)

Bichri (8 Occurrences)

Carites (2 Occurrences)

Advisers (22 Occurrences)

Abi'shai (25 Occurrences)

Sea-land (5 Occurrences)

Seacoast (7 Occurrences)

Ho (15 Occurrences)

Zadok (50 Occurrences)

Accompanied (43 Occurrences)

Philistines (224 Occurrences)

Royal (154 Occurrences)

Guard (185 Occurrences)

South (170 Occurrences)

Gihon (6 Occurrences)

Abishai (25 Occurrences)

Israel's (72 Occurrences)

Gath (44 Occurrences)

Joab (128 Occurrences)

Sojourner (81 Occurrences)

Caleb (39 Occurrences)

Overtake (113 Occurrences)

Coasts (58 Occurrences)

Inhabitant (54 Occurrences)

Stranger (152 Occurrences)

Pursue (104 Occurrences)

Belonging (90 Occurrences)

Sheba (36 Occurrences)

Entire (119 Occurrences)

Stretch (73 Occurrences)

Belongs (127 Occurrences)

Officials (229 Occurrences)

Solomon (277 Occurrences)

Past (200 Occurrences)

Woe (102 Occurrences)

King's (375 Occurrences)

Territory (140 Occurrences)

Monthly (11 Occurrences)

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